Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 25, 2018)
Word of the Day

gentility

Definition:(noun) Elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression.
Synonyms:breeding, genteelness
Usage: She was ladylike, too, after the manner of the feminine gentility of those days; characterized by a certain state and dignity, rather than by the delicate...grace which is now recognized as its indication.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Distributive Determiners

Distributive determiners, also known as "distributive adjectives," are used to refer to individual members within a group or within a pair. The distributive determiners are "each," "every," "either," and "neither." What are they are used to modify? More...
Article of the Day

Fashion in the 15th Century

Fashion in 15th-century Europe was characterized by a series of extremes and extravagances. As Europe continued to become more prosperous, the urban middle class, including skilled workers, began to wear more complex clothes that followed the fashions set by the elite, ranging from voluminous gowns—called houppelandes—with sweeping, floor-length sleeves to draped, jeweled, and feathered hats, hoods, and other headdresses. What was the fashion trend known as slashing? More...
This Day in History

Saturn's Largest Moon Is Discovered (1655)

Titan is Saturn's largest moon and the second largest moon in the solar system. It was discovered by Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens in 1655 and remains the only natural satellite in the solar system known to have a significant atmosphere. The thick, opaque atmosphere obscures the surface, but some surface detail has been observed via the Hubble Space Telescope. When the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft arrived on Saturn in 2004, it revealed that Titan's surface has what in common with Earth? More...
Today's Birthday

Arturo Toscanini (1867)

Internationally recognized as one of the world's great conductors, Toscanini first took the baton as a substitute conductor in Brazil. Toscanini's artistry is preserved in recordings, notably of the symphonies of Beethoven and works by Brahms, Wagner, Verdi, and others. A tempestuous personality greatly respected by his performers, he also served as musical director of La Scala, Milan, and of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City. Before becoming a conductor, Toscanini studied what instrument? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let a fool be made serviceable according to his folly.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

sit a spell

To sit down, relax, and socialize for a while at one's leisure. More...
Today's Holiday

Tichborne Dole (2022)

The custom of handing out a dole, or allotment of flour, to the village poor in Tichborne, Hampshire, England, dates back to the 12th or 13th century. Lady Mabella Tichborne, who was on her deathbed at the time, begged her husband to grant her enough land to provide an annual bounty of bread to the poor, who were suffering from a recent failure of the wheat crop. On March 25, or Lady Day, each year, villagers in need of assistance gather at the porch of Tichborne House to claim their portion of the gift: a gallon of flour for adults, half as much for children. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: luck

hapless, happiness - Hapless means one is lacking hap, "good fortune, luck"; the words happy and happiness also have the root "hap." More...

happen - Fairly new to English, from hap, "chance, luck," which was borrowed from Old Norse happ. More...

fortune - Latin fors, "chance," formed fortuna, "that which fate brings along," hence fortune, "luck" or "good luck." More...

potluck - Comes from the practice of throwing leftovers in a pot—with luck determining how good the stew would taste. More...

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